I’m amazed every year by how many people “celebrate” April Fool’s Day by posting believable, and often sad-bordering-on-calamitous “gags” that are too easy to believe are true. The point, I was always taught, was to be outrageous, improbable, and most of all funny in your April foolishness … that the point was more to get a laugh than to actually trick anyone.
Look, it’s not that I’m against April Fool’s Day. In fact, in my family we have a long history of celebrating … with the SAME JOKE every year. My dad actually gets more than a little sad if at some point during the day each and every one of his kids, grandkids, and outlying family members don’t call to tell him specifically that his car is on fire. (I didn’t say it was a GOOD joke, I just said it was OUR joke.)
So, with all that in mind, I apologize in advance to anyone who has something unexpected and tragic happen today … because I’m going to be apt to dismiss news of such events as poorly executed “jokes.” I’ll resume my usual empathetic ways tomorrow, once this nonsense has ended.
In the meanwhile, I’m going to be waiting for my nephews to call and tell me that MY car is on fire! (Ahhh … family traditions!)